It was the fairytale run that fell just short of the perfect ending.
From eighth place the North Queensland Cowboys put together a stunning run of form to make the 2017 Grand Final, only to be upstaged by Melbourne in the "big dance."
Things were only going to get better, especially with the great Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott to return for the club after missing most of the season in 2017.
However according to the Triple M Saturday NRL team, their great run covered over the cracks of the real underlying issues at the club last year.
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